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UNC tops '100 Best Values' list again

Posted October 31, 2008

— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has once again topped the list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” in a ranking by a national finance magazine.

This is the eighth straight time UNC-Chapel Hill has held the top spot since Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine first published its analysis in 1998.

Five other North Carolina universities also made the list:

Kiplinger’s ranks four-year public schools that combine outstanding economic value with top-notch education.

“Private colleges have recently averaged about $33,000 a year — a sharp contrast to the public institutions on Kiplinger’s Top 100 list, most of which cost less than $20,000 a year for in-state students,” according to the magazine’s press release.

UNC-Chapel Hill charges $13,731 for in-state undergraduate tuition and $30,629 for out-of-state. Students average about $14,912 in debt after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, according to the report.

“UNC students share classrooms with other high-achieving students and learn from a nationally acclaimed faculty,” according to the report. “The historic campus is undergoing a major refurbishing that includes the FedEx Global Education Center, a hub for international studies, as well as a state-of-the-art physical-science complex.”

Selected from a pool of more than 500 public, four-year colleges and universities, schools in the Kiplinger 100 were ranked according to academic quality, including admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four- and six-year graduation rates, as well as on cost and financial aid.

You can view the complete report at the magazine's Web site.

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  • uncgrad07 Oct 31, 5:17 p.m.

    We started beating people in academics long before we beat people in sports. Now, we just beat you at everything. If that doesn't make you proud to be an alumnus, then I don't know what will. GO HEELS!

  • goheels_15 Oct 31, 4:57 p.m.

    "That is interesting…according to Kiplinger UNC was third on the list last year."

    nope..numero uno

    http://consusrankings.com/2007/04/19/kiplingercom-best-values-in-public-colleges-in-state-rank-2007/

  • lb27608 Oct 31, 3:22 p.m.

    “This is the eighth straight time UNC-Chapel Hill has held the top spot since Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine first published its analysis in 1998.”

    BlueDevilFan: That is interesting…according to Kiplinger UNC was third on the list last year.

    Not seeing that on their site. Source?

  • johnkirby Oct 31, 3:14 p.m.

    Sorry, I went to Duke...does not matter to me

  • SHELLYGIRL Oct 31, 2:53 p.m.

    GO PIRATES!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE NUMBER ONE IN MY BOOK!!!

  • LoneWolf72 Oct 31, 2:51 p.m.

    Good representation by NC State.
    BSME class of '95 Go Pack!

  • BlueDevilFan Oct 31, 2:14 p.m.

    “This is the eighth straight time UNC-Chapel Hill has held the top spot since Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine first published its analysis in 1998.”

    That is interesting…according to Kiplinger UNC was third on the list last year.

  • APO75 Oct 31, 2:02 p.m.

    Couldn't get in, huh?

  • bait taker Oct 31, 1:48 p.m.

    NCSU people, seriously, get over it already.

    $13K is a heckuva lot more than I thought it'd be by now. I graduated in '96 and it was about $1000/year. Good thing my JOB I got with my DEGREE from UNC-CH will allow me to save for my kids' education. And don't worry about a straight democrat ticket, Z Man. If they're anything like their old man, they'll then end up voting for a RAGING SOCIALIST!

  • Fletcher Oct 31, 1:18 p.m.

    And they did not even mention the lovely pine tress on campus!

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